Best romantic restaurants in Bangkok
Set atop the Avani Bangkok Riverside hotel building, right next to the hotel’s swimming pool and courtyard, is what promises to be Bangkok’s new rooftop hotspot: Attitude Restaurant and Bar. The views are killer. Taking up half of the rooftop space, Attitude offers a panoramic view of the Chao Phraya River, Asiatique and the iconic buildings lining the riverbank. Sunset is an ideal time to come — as the afternoon sunlight fades away, millions of LED lights start to light up the outdoor bar’s floor. You almost think you’re walking on a platform of stars.
Run by the people behind Sukhumvit hotspots like Above Eleven, Charcoal and Havana Social, Cantina seems unassuming from the outside, but a contradictory scenario hits you when you walk in. The candle lit enclave is decked out with medieval details, giving the venue the feel of an underground church in Europe. One wall holds a tall wooden wine rack – it extends up to the darker and more intimate second floor – that stores premium bottles. The menu offers simple, produce-driven Italian favorites that deliver on-point flavor.
You may have come to Char for the amazing vistas of downtown Bangkok, but you’ll definitely stay for the food. Nestled on the top floors of Hotel Indigo Bangkok, Char Bangkok has a view money can’t buy—a sweeping panorama of skyscrapers looming over the lush gardens of the US Ambassador’s residence. But it’s not just the views that pique interest. The fine-dining restaurants, as it turns out, has a knack for churning out glorious plates of perfectly prepared fare.
Tucked away in busy Thonglor, the quiet and cozy Dreamloft feels like a visit to a posh friend’s home. A living room filled with comfy sofa beds welcomes guests, while TV with Bluetooth headphones, a spacious pool room, and a library encased in glass are meant to entertain. Owner Ratch Osathanugrah has filled the restaurant with antiques and collectibles to complement a menu that focuses on nostalgic fusion dishes.
Garnering the 23rd spot in the Asia’s 50 best restaurants list this year, Eat Me has been spicing up Silom for years with sensational dishes served churned out by the New York-hailed Tim Butler in the leafy courtyard. His signature includes the pan-seared scallop dish that brings the citrus note from the combination of green mango, chili, and coriander, double spicy lemongrass chicken that comes with lime, cucumber and chili and heftily-portioned Australian wagyu tomahawk.
It’s one of the very few places in Thailand where you can sample Rubia Gallega, fine Spanish beef from Galacia in the stylish indoor dining area and romantic alfreco terrace. Sourced from a trusted supplier, Rubia Gallega at Il Fumo is made from free-range cattle and is aged for thirty days for a chewy texture, especially when grilled using Italian woods.
The name may sound like a fancy French restaurant but the food at Le Du is stylishly inspired by local Thai fare. Armed with an education from The Culinary Institute of America and working experience in the some of the world’s best kitchens—Eleven Madison Park and Jean-Georges, included, Thitid Tassanakajohn or Chef Ton opened Le Du in Bangkok in 2013 with a mission to revolutionize Thai food. Recently, Le Du has opened its second floor offering more spacious seatings in a dimly-lit contemporary dining room designed by Ekkasit Jaeng-anghin.
With a sweeping view overlooking Chao Phraya River, the historic Le Normandie of The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has been offering rich Bangkokians with the refined touch of French cuisine for years. Steering the kitchen is chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier who creates stunning dishes like venison tenderloin with pumpkin and chestnut and Oscietra caviar served with sea urchin, potato, and dill.
After taking your fill of classic Thai food by British chef Tony Wrigley at Sala Rattanakosin’s restaurant, climb up to the hotel’s photogenic rooftop bar to enjoy the breeze and a bevy of colorful cocktails. Popular tipples include the Rooftop Punch (Bacardi, Captain Morgan, triple sec, banana liquor, lime juice and fruit punch, B290), Bangkok sour (Mekhong Thai Whiskey, cointreau, lime juice, pineapple juice and grenadine, B290) and a classic dirty martini (Bombay sapphire with a dash of dry martini, shaken, B290).
Perched on top of Chanintr-Living-ish Hotel Once, the rooftop newbie Top Knot adds up to the emerging Charoenkrung with fushion-leaning grabs that come with a view to boot. A popular spot for wedding parties, the air-con glasshouse on the 8th floor makes an intimate and cozy space festooned with plenty of pot plants, rough sketches of flowers and vintage furniture — the combination that brings the diners into the midst of a leafy botanical garden. Climb the spiral staircases that leads to an alfresco terrace where the 360-degree view of Bangkok’s old quarter with a partial view of Chao Phraya river can be admired.